From Blitz to Barbican

This website is all about free events and venues in London including one of my favourite places — the Barbican Center. It has been a magnet for culture vultures for years since opening its doors in the 1980s. The new complex dominates the area almost obliterated by German bombs in WWII. What is now a sprawling center used to be a street which took its name from a watch tower adjacent to the London wall built by the Romans. It has more than 2,100 homes in a maze of towers, terraces and walkways, and its own lakes and gardens. There is also a church, St. Giles, where Oliver Cromwell got married and John Milton was buried, a sports center, a library, restaurants, cinemas, concert halls, exhibition space and a conservatory.


London’s largest outside of Kew Gardens with 2,000 species of tropical plants, it is open to public on Sundays from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. A tip for parents: one child under 12 can eat for free at the Barbican Kitchen for every adult ordering a main meal. Cinema tickets are half price on Mondays. You can go on the Big Barbican Adventure to explore the nooks and crannies of the center in a trail for families. Pick up a free kit from the Box Office. Check the website for other free events.


Not only the 5th of November and the plot to blow up the Parliament but those who have fallen in the war giving their lives for the sake of peace. Follow the Remembrance Art Trail created by award-winning artist Mark Humphrey in association with Royal British Legion in Canary Wharf. Walk around, stop by, reflect and contemplate. Open until Nov. 13. Free guided tours are also available.

Harvest Time

It’s harvest time and we are only days away from Halloween. And it’s the Apple Day too! So lot’s to celebrate with a procession headlined by the Corn Queen and the Berry Man. The performers set off from the Globe Theater and march to the Borough Market, the oldest veg selling venue in London. Morris dancers and actors from the Fabularium provide the entertainment.
The first apples probably came to Britain with the Romans and the Norman invasion led to the introduction of many new varieties. Henry VIII encouraged new types to be brought from France and by 1600 many orchards and market gardens had been established. There are 7,500 varieties of apples worldwide of which 2,000 are grown in Britain.